International Slavery Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum and Albert Dock

The International Slavery Museum highlights the international importance of slavery, both in a historic and contemporary context. Working in partnership with other museums with a focus on freedom and enslavement, the museum provides opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacy of slavery today.

It is located in Liverpool's Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site and only yards away from the dry docks where 18th century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.

One of the greatest groups of national museums in the world, National Museums Liverpool is ideally placed to elevate this subject onto an international stage. Our previous focus on the issue of slavery, the Transatlantic Slavery Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, won worldwide recognition and was central to the development of our award-winning work on diversity and outreach.

The new museum opened on 23 August 2007. Not only was this the date of the annual Slavery Remembrance Day, but the year 2007 was particularly significant as it was the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade.

Venue Type:

Museum, Campaign or initiative

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Opening hours

Open daily 10am-5pm. Closed from 2pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Industry, Maritime, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Brutal Exposure: the Congo

  • 24 January 2014 — 7 June 2015 *on now

This haunting exhibition presents what was probably the first photographic campaign in support of human rights. It documents the exploitation and brutality experienced by Congolese people under the control of Leopold II of Belgium in the 1900s.

Please note: Brutal Exposure contains content that some visitors may find distressing. Parental guidance is advised.

The photographs, by missionary Alice Seeley Harris, were at the time a radical and significant shift in the representation and understanding of the impact of colonial violence in the Congo, and exposed the deep-rooted hypocrisy of so called 'colonial benevolence' which cost the lives of millions of Congolese. The campaign led to public pressure and international scrutiny of Leopold’s administration, which came to an end in 1909.

International Slavery Museum
Albert Dock
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 4AQ
England

Website

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism

E-mail

MMMInfo@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone

0151 478 4499

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